A recent traffic stop by the area Riverside County Sheriff’s Department – Colorado River Station SET (Special Enforcement Team) on Sept. 9 led to the arrest of 29-year-old Ripley local Luis Enrique Mejia for an alleged felony violation of Health & Safety Code (H&S) section 11370.1(a), possession of a controlled substance while armed.

Mejia’s arresting charges also alleged misdemeanor violations of H&S section 11377(a), possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine); Vehicle Code (VC) section 14601.2(a), driving with a suspended license; and Penal Code (PC) section 25850(c)(6), carrying/possession of an unregistered firearm.

“On September 9, 2021, at 10:22 (a.m.), the Colorado River Station Special Enforcement Team (SET) was conducting high visibility patrol in the unincorporated area of Blythe and conducted a vehicle stop for a California Vehicle Code violation on 6th Ave. and Intake Blvd.,” stated the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. “A records check revealed the driver, (Mejia), had outstanding arrest warrants. During a search incident to arrest, Mejia was found to be in possession of a loaded unregistered firearm and methamphetamine.”

As noted by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Mejia was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Blythe Jail.

Jail information states Mejia’s arrest time as 10:50 a.m. on Sept. 9, with bail amount set at $25,000.

Mejia was subsequently released on Sept. 10 with a disposition of “BAIL” and a scheduled morning Riverside Superior Court (Blythe) date of Dec. 7.

“The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has a zero-tolerance policy for these offenses. If you suspect illegal activity in your area, please contact your local Sheriff’s Station,” stated the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. “In addition, The Colorado River Station Special Enforcement Team is locally dedicated to serving our farming and rural communities and willfully enforce the law to protect our citizens. Anyone with additional information regarding this case is urged to contact the Special Enforcement Team at the Colorado River Station by calling (760) 921-7900.”

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